Asking, “May I Guide You? …”
I have a terrible sense of direction!
Once while staying at a motel, my husband said as we left our room, “I watch which way you turn and know to go the opposite direction!”
I’m sure you can imagine, GPS (Global Positioning System) is a very good friend of mine!
In my spiritual journey, scripture is my GPS—God’s Positioning System.
One of the times I rely on scripture is during nighttime hours when sleep eludes me. As I meditate on a verse or passage from the Bible, I am often led back into slumber. One of my favorite sleepless-night meditations is Psalms 23. My favorite Bible version for this beloved psalm remains the King James, which I memorized in Sunday school as a little girl.
Not so very long ago, during one of ‘those’ nights, a single line felt particularly personal—a place God invited me to pause and ponder:
…he leadeth me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (Psalms 23:3b)
Losing my way while driving or walking because I’m directionally challenged has created some stress-filled moments. I admit some of my problems may have been minimized if I had only taken time beforehand to more carefully think about and study the correct route—or, even turn on the GPS!
Losing my way spiritually has also created stress. I know beyond any doubt, some of my problems in life can be averted if I more wisely consider before moving ahead, determined to go ‘my way’ rather than ‘God’s way.’
One brief line from Psalms 23 assures me, however, that despite my inability, ignorance, or willfulness, The Good Shepherd cares so greatly about my journey that he will continue to lead me onto right paths. I am his child, and for his name’s sake, God cares about the direction I take, even as I care about the direction one of my children or grandchildren takes.
I may lose my way, but the Good Shepherd won’t give up on me. He may allow me to take more detours than necessary, or even take multiple laps around the desert, but “for his name’s sake,” when I seek and desire his will and way, I will be guided back in the right direction.
I have no idea where most Listening on the Journey… readers are in their faith journey. I don’t need to know because as I conclude these words, I believe with my entire soul that
God knows you;
God cares about the path you’re on;
God cherishes you;
God’s ways are good;
God desires to lead you in “paths of righteousness.”
Blessings on your journey…